A look at match-up vs. Seattle


GAME PLAN

WHEN THE SEAHAWKS RUN

Seattle could use all four of its running backs, led by Chris Carson and first-round pick Rashaad Penny. The Seahawks have been searching for a running game since Marshawn Lynch departed to Oakland. Carson averaged 4.1 yards on 22 carries and third-down back C.J. Prosise had a team-best 10 catches. The Broncos’ rush defense improved as the preseason progressed. A key is how ends Derek Wolfe and Adam Gotsis and nose tackle Domata Peko absorb blocks to free up the linebackers. The Broncos led the league last year in fewest yards allowed per carry (3.3).

Edge: Broncos.

WHEN THE SEAHAWKS PASS

If there’s one quarterback this year who can use his athleticism to semi-negate the Broncos’ pass rush, it’s Russell Wilson. Wilson (65-30-1 as a regular season starter) will scramble laterally and in reverse to buy time to buy time and frustrate the Broncos. It is also makes blitzing difficult since that would vacate the middle of the field for Wilson to scramble; his 30 rushes of at least 10 yards last year were seventh in the league and tops among quarterbacks. A tough test for the Broncos’ cornerbacks, which includes Bradley Roby moved up to No. 2 and Adam Jones/Tramaine Brock as the No. 3.

Edge: Seahawks.

WHEN THE BRONCOS RUN

Rookie Royce Freeman won the running back competition over Devontae Booker. Freeman scored three touchdowns in the preseason, leaving Booker to play a backup role and rookie Phillip Lindsay to be a change-of-pace option. Seattle was 19th against the run last year and one of its few returning defensive starters is excellent middle linebacker Bobby Wagner. The Seahawks’ 4-3 front includes former second-round pick Jarran Reed and third-round rookie Rasheem Green. But look for Freeman to show the stage isn’t too big for him and for Lindsay to get more touches (rushes/receptions) than Booker.

Edge: Broncos.

WHEN THE BRONCOS PASS

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